# Make Mathematica look like a terminal

I know similar things have been asked before but the responses there do not seem to work for me so I wanna give this another try. I like editing code in vim in a terminal. I set the screen transparent black. I would love to have a similar set-up in Mathematica. I know how to make the screen black but I do not seem to achieve making it transparent. So, can I make a notebook look black and transparent?

• Is this what you want? mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/252/… – Kuba Sep 16 '19 at 9:19
• Based on the use of the word "vim", I'm assuming that this is on Linux. In which case, WindowOpacity will have no effect. – ihojnicki Sep 16 '19 at 12:30
• @Kuba I have tried this and my computer freezes – PhoenixPerson Sep 17 '19 at 9:32
• @ihojnicki it is indeed in Linux – PhoenixPerson Sep 17 '19 at 9:32
• I share frustration of yours... why is the culture so different among mathematica users? – Student Jul 7 at 15:14

I'm not sure that you can do it natively, but you can try programs like this one: windowtop.

In alternative you can use Mathematica in a terminal, for example, in cmd:

"C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\12.0\math.exe"


In Powershell

& "C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\12.0\math.exe"


You cannot see any graphics this way, though...